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Top Tickets: November 9–15

A free film, car show, and swingin’ ballet are all happening this week.


Free Movie Night
The second Thursday of each month, Diablo hosts a free movie at the Orinda Theatre. This month, enjoy Alfred Hitchcock’s mastery of thrills and suspense in the classic film North by Northwest. lamorindatheatres.com. —C.B.


Bilha Sperling


A Swingin’ Holiday and More
 Diablo Ballet is back again with its annual holiday show. Dancers take to the stage at Del Valle Theatre in Walnut Creek for a wonderful performance set to classic music from the ’30s and ’40s. diabloballet.org—L.B.



Lodi Tour of Tempranillo Weekend
Thirteen Lodi wineries celebrate International Tempranillo Day with this weekend-long event. Stop by any of the participating wineries for a free guidebook, and begin your exploration of the Spanish varietal. visitlodi.com. —L.B.


Ruth Bancroft Garden


Succulent Cornucopia: DIY Creative Succulent Series
During this workshop at Walnut Creek’s Ruth Bancroft Garden, make a centerpiece perfect for your Thanksgiving table that will last far beyond a vase of flowers. ruthbancroftgarden.org. —L.B.




Goodguys 28th Autumn Get-Together
Drive over to the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton for this end-of-the-year hot rod extravaganza. Check out more than 2,500 classic and custom cars, and enjoy art exhibits, live music, and driving competitions. good-guys.com. —C.B.